2 Arrests in Death of Man Found in Chelsea Apartment

Two suspects in the death of a Chelsea man found bound and gagged in his apartment two weeks ago were arrested in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday and brought back to New York about 9 p.m. Saturday night, the police said.

They have both been charged with second-degree murder.

The suspects, Edwin Faulkner, 30, and Juan Carlos Martinez-Herrera, 26, were taken into custody after the New York Police Department’s Violent Felony Squad, the Manhattan South Homicide Squad and 10th Precinct detectives traveled to Florida. There, with the help of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, they arrested the two men at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Earlier in the investigation, the police had said they were seeking to question an unidentified man who was caught on camera attempting to use the victim’s bank card at an A.T.M. It appeared that the unidentified man was one of the two suspects arrested in Florida, the police said.

The victim, John Robert Laubach, 57, was found in his fourth-floor apartment, at 212 West 22nd Street, on March 2 by a concerned friend. Duct tape had been used to cover his mouth and to bind his hands and feet, the authorities said. Emergency medical personnel pronounced him dead on arrival.

The apartment had been ransacked, but it appeared there had been no forced entry and that Mr. Laubach might have invited the men in, the police said. Mr. Laubach had been known as a friendly man who would often be seen around his Manhattan neighborhood carrying a pet cockatoo on his shoulder.

The authorities confirmed that both Mr. Faulkner and Mr. Martinez-Herrera had criminal histories.

According to court records, Mr. Faulkner was arrested in New York in 2008 and later convicted of attempted grand larceny in the third degree and given a sentence of one and a half to three years. He was released on parole in November.

He had also been convicted in 2003 of receiving stolen property in Hudson County, N.J., and sentenced to two years’ probation.

Mr. Martinez-Herrera had a criminal record in Florida, the police said.

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